We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Future Navy lasers will ‘burn incoming missiles,’ blast through ominous vessels

29th March 2011

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The United States Navy has been working on next-gen weaponry ever since the last-gen was present-gen, and if the next next-gen ever actually arrives, well… we don’t stand a chance at lasting very long. According to Wired, the Navy’s Office of Naval Research is expecting laser technology (as it relates to weaponry) to mature in the next score, and if all goes well, a free-electron laser could be mounted on a ship during the 2020s. As of now, FELs produce a 14-kilowatt beam, but that figure needs to hit 100+ in order to seriously defend a ship; unfortunately for those who adore peace, it seems we’re well on our way to having just that.

Yeah, baby.

One Response to “Future Navy lasers will ‘burn incoming missiles,’ blast through ominous vessels”

  1. RealRick Says:

    A bit overly optimistic, but still very, very cool.

    Laser vs. the upcoming hyperspeed torpedos is not a good match. Every weapon or defense spawns a method to defeat it. Security is a verb; keep up or get crushed.